Welcome to IKN

IKN Italy is the Institute of Knowledge & Networking

Istituto Internazionale di Ricerca, on the occasion of its 30th birthday, becomes IKN Italy (Institute of Knowledge & Networking). IKN Italy’s mission is to answer the needs of professionals to share experiences, develop new business opportunities and find moments of inspiration.

Institute: Since 1987, Istituto Internazionale di Ricerca has been a pioneer in creating opportunities for professionals to share and exchange information and become part of an international network that promotes top-level topics and high-level speakers. Over 70,000 participants, 20,000 companies and 10,000 speakers and instructors have strengthened our leadership role.
For 30 years IKN Italy has always looked to the future.

Knowledge: Through continuous research and by always considering the needs of the market, IKN Italy develop events, training and content on a wide range of contemporary topics. The fields we work within include: pharmaceuticals and medical devices; utilities, health; banking and insurance; retail and industry.

Networking: Our events and training courses are an opportunity for sharing unique experiences and developing new partnerships.

Our mission

  • Enable professional development by facilitating networking among professionals
  • Provide inspiration
  • Raise awareness of the most innovative techniques and tools in the industry
  • Encourage the skills needed to overcome the daily challenges professionals face
  • Create unique experiences

Our values

Creativity and innovation are the identifying features of the strategies followed by IKN Italy in all our events and training courses.
Our services and programs arise from continuous research into trends and market developments and through active listening to the needs of professionals.



New brand is launched for our 30th anniversary


Four new communities are formed to share insights, content and experiences: InsuranceClub, Planet Health, PharmaHub and UtiliTenergy


ESI International for Project Management is launched in Italy


Acquisition of UNI EN ISO 9001 Certification


First edition of Forum Banca


Informa Group Plc announces the acquisition of IIR Holdings with the goal of entering the business of conferences and training courses


PTI Brand is launched – specialising in the development of training courses for the Launch of the First MasterClass


First conference in the Telecom sector is launched in conjunction with the first edition of the Forum Retail


Launch of the first training course in the Project Management and in the area of Soft Skills. Also Launched of the first In-Company Training Course


First edition of the Forum Gestione Sinistri


IIR opens in Italy as Istituto Internazionale di Ricerca and specialises in four business areas: finance; marketing; tax and law; industrial


The Institute for International Research (IIR) is founded by Irvine Laidlaw (later Baron Laidlaw of Rothiemay) in the conference business.